Raffles is kicking off 2019 with a bang, announcing its first Maldivian resort!
Opening on February 1st at Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the 38-villa resort will be AccorHotel’s fourth property in the Maldives and the first under the Raffles brand.
The resort features Beach Villas, Beach Residences, the Raffles Royal Residence (which opens in the second half of 2019) and a secluded collection of overwater villas and residences adjacent to one of the vibrant house reefs which can be reached by a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat.
Not to mention, each terrace features glass flooring pannels so guests can check out some of the famous marine life below.
Two reefs provide a thriving habitat for the marine life including baby sharks, turtles and a myriad of tropical fish.
For those that want to learn more about the underwater realm, the hotel’s resident marine biologist and team of marine butlers are on hand to personalise guest experiences that bring unique and beautiful insights of the underwater world.
“Boasting 1200 islands, Maldives is home to the best beaches in the world and now, with the opening of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, is also home to the best of luxury hospitality,” said Patrick Basset, AccorHotels’ CEO for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia and the Maldives.
“We look forward to offering guests the most natural beauty set within an incredible resort that offers the finest luxury hotel experience and unrivalled service in the destination.”
Guests also have access to a range of gastronomic delights served at the Thari all-day diner, Yuzu, Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant and The Firepit where guest can enjoy various flame-grilled chef specialty dishes under the stars.
A selection of tapas and freshly-prepared sashimi, original cocktail concoctions, inspired by the national drinks of South America and Japan, can be experienced at the overwater Yapa Sunset Bar or simply explore a list of the world’s most prestigious Champagnes and wines at the popular Long Bar.
Plus, the award-winning Raffles Spa, which will be set over the water, will offer guests a “sensory journey” with luxury facials by Biologique Recherche, a transformative body treatment using the purest extracts and essential oils by Aromatherapy Associates or indulge in first-class manicure and pedicure concept from Magaret Dabbs London.
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is located at the southern end of the Maldives archipelago, near the equator on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The resort is accessible by domestic flight, 55 minutes from Male International Airport followed by 15-minute speedboat ride from Kaadedhdhoo Airport.